Yeats Name Meaning & Origin

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Irish surname is of English origins, but is also prominent in Ireland. Mainly associated with the English West Country, the origination is generally topographical and describes one who lived by a 'geat'. This was a Scandinavian word which described not a 'gate', but a road. However the name can also be job descriptive or locational for one who came from a place called Yate.

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William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, and who received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His brother is Jack B. Yeats, a famous painter and olympian. Both were from Sligo.

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